What Eagles' early cuts mean

Matt Barkley, Dennis Dixon and G.J. Kinne take snaps during a recent practice. The Eagles released Dixon and Kinne on Friday. (David M Warren/Staff Photographer)

First, the names, in case you haven't figured out how to use Twitter yet: The Eagles released LB Everette Brown, NT Antonio Dixon, QB Dennis Dixon, DE Dave King, QB G.J. Kinne, OL Matt Kopa, CB Trevard Lindley (waived/injured after ankle sprain Thursday), WR Ifeyani Momah, WR Will Murphy, OL Dallas Reynolds, LB Adrian Robinson and OT Matt Tennant. DE Joe Kruger went on injured reserve with a shoulder problem.

What do we take from this?

Well, with no Dallas Reynolds, Julian Vandervelde is the backup center, which isn't a surprise. The release of Kopa and Tennant puts 2011 first-rounder Danny Watkins at least a little closer to making the team. It certainly endorses the rise of undrafted rookie Matt Tobin.

When camp began, fans had high hopes for Momah, but he clearly is way too raw. I would expect a Sunday signing to the 8-man practice squad. Wouldn't be surprised to see the same for Dennis Dixon. Antonio Dixon started 10 games for the Eagles in 2010, but that was a while ago, and I don't think Dixon really grabbed the whole Chip Kelly/conditioning thing and ran with it. Undrafted NT Damion Square probably makes the roster now.

Brown's release might give ex-Calgary Stampeder Chris McCoy a clearer path to a roster spot. Brown is a former second-round pick of the Carolina Panthers, from 2009.

Many more interesting decisions lie ahead. It ought to be a busy weekend, with the Birds scrutinizing other teams' cut lists, and needing to get down to the regular-season limit of 53 by 6 p.m. Saturday.